Spain prepares for the BIG FREEZE as Siberian winter approaches

A cold front heading over from Siberia is expected to hit Spain tomorrow bringing freezing temperatures and snow even in Mediterranean coastal areas.

Spain prepares for the BIG FREEZE as Siberian winter approaches
Photo: AFP

Spain’s Meteorological Agency (AEMET) issued severe weather warnings across 22 provinces for Tuesday predicting that temperatures will plummet to -15C in mountainous areas in the Pyrenees region bringing a high risk of avalanches.

Temperatures across the rest of the mainland are not expected to rise above 5C with snow forecast even in the coastal areas of Valencia and the Balearic Islands.

 Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante and the Balearic Islands are on alert for strong winds gusting up to 80 km/h.

The coldest day is expected to be Wednesday.

The cold weather system sweeping in from the northeast has already brought havoc across Europe and is predicted to bring freezing temperatures and very dry winds across Spain after a weekend that saw heavy snowfall in Spain’s northern mountainous regions.

The cold snap is expected to last until at least Friday.

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Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings

Nine Spanish regions were put on alert on Tuesday for heavy snow, rain and strong winds, with the country's traffic authorities calling for people taking holidays this long weekend to head home early to avoid the worst of the bad weather.

Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings
Vehicles stuck in traffic due to a heavy snowfall near Burgos, northern Spain, in March 2021. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

Aragón, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Navarra and the Basque Country will be on orange alert from Tuesday for snow storms, while Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja and La Comunidad Valenciana are on the less-severe yellow alert, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) announced.

A slight increase in temperatures will increase the risk of avalanches in the Pyrenees and the central Cantabrian mountain range.

Some roads in the north of the country are already being affected by snow and are being restricted to some traffic such as trucks and heavy vehicles.

Spain’s traffic authority (DGT) called on residents in the northern half of the country to return early from the puente (long weekend) marked by the public holidays of December 6 and 8, ahead of heavy snow forecast for Wednesday.

Of the 108 main roads affected by the heavy snow in Spain, almost half of them are in the northeastern region Aragón.

Aragón, Catalonia and Navarra are at risk of avalanches, according to data from Aemet, while a storm warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia and the Basque country.

Heavy rainfall is expected in Galicia, extending to Cantabria and the western Pyrenees.